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Sep 5, 2012 9:00am EDT
on "starting point," president obama's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter will our guest. also we'll talk to democratic party leader and senate majority whip dick durbin. new york senator chuck consumer. illinois governor pat quinn. and will.i.am of the black eyed peas. >> whoo. >> that's the one you whoo about? that is it for us. let's get right to cnn newsroom. see you back here tomorrow morning. >>> are we looking at 2012 or 2016 here? show stopper. karina victoria caught on the dnc stadium cam and stealing her father's big moment and getting a whole lot of buzz this morning. >>> stern warning. the head of the navy s.e.a.l.s comes out swinging. this morning how the pentagon will handle this very sticky situation. >>> scare on the lake. a bizarre accident all caught on camera. the boaters caught by surprise after hitting another boat's wake. couldn't get enough of this one this morning. >>> and kickoff. the nfl season begins for real today. tonight's showdown, the dallas cowboys face the new york giants. but will the replacement refs keep up? "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >>> good mo
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 9:00am EDT
typically southern white men usually go red, so what can president obama do to gain ground with these important voters >>> money, money, money. your job and your raise. find out where to score the most money. >>> and oh, what a night. gabby, mikhaila, opening last night's dodgers game. "cnn newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning. i'm zoraida sambolin sitting in for carol costello. >>> just hours from now, the curtain will go up at the democratic national convention. president obama is looking for the bounce that seemed to elude republican nominee right mitt romney. tonight, democrats will kick off with a rising star in the party, san antonio mayor julian castro, who will deliver the keynote address just as obama did eight years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just ab
CNN
Sep 26, 2012 4:00pm EDT
both to president obama and mitt romney campaigning there this afternoon. and there's more of a backdrop than just the early autumn trees. a brand new quinnipiac/cbs "new york times" poll has the president a full ten points ahead of romney in ohio. 53% to 43%. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. >> reporter: joe, even though a new poll shows the president with a double digit lead in ohio, mr. obama continues to push hard in the state. it's a huge priority for the campaign according to a top aide. by our count the president has visited ohio at least 13 times so far this year. this time ahead of early voting, which by the way begins next tuesday. now, today the president was again selling his policies and his record in a state he says has benefitted from the auto bailout. he talked about the thousands of jobs created but also hit china and went after his gop opponent. >> he's been talking tough on china. he says he's going to take the fight to them. he's going to go after these cheaters. and i've got to admit, that message is better than what he's actu
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Sep 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
perdue, ted strickland, now a national co-chair of obama's e re-election campaign and actor and musician jeff bridges will be with us tomorrow morning as well. he'll be performing on the main stage at carolina fest 2012. right now we have to get to cnn newsroom with zoraida. >> i thought were you going to take another hour. >> no, all you. >>> happening now in the newsroom are you better off now than four years ago? it is the question this morning as the nation's focus turns from tampa to charlotte and the democratic national convention. all of this as we wait on f friday's very important jobs report. >>> runaway truck. runaway truck. amazing video to show you. a monster truck mishap, losing control and careening right into a crowd. >>> and how do you spell relief? as millions of us are taking a long labor day weekend, where are the lower gas prices we heard about last week? plus, royal rappelling from high above london. the duke of york, yes, almost 100 feet in the air. see what it's like going down the side of a skyscraper. and roddick stays alive, staving off retirement a
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >>> thanks very much. happening now, president obama on this day he has some time to raise money in person, but only time for a phone call with israel's leader. more criticism coming in. we're also looking at the obama administration's evolving attempts to explain who's responsible for the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. is the confusion becoming a political liability? and mitt romney says he has a little secret. you're going to hear him predict he'll win a state most experts think is safely in president obama's column. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're down to just 39 days until the presidential election. in about 20 minutes the president begins a series of fundraisers right here in washington. those are the only public events on his calendar today. yet this is the same day the president didn't have time for a face-to-face meeting with the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who's in new york. instead they spoke by phone. here's cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian. dan. >> reporter: wolf, the white house always stresses that the presid
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Sep 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
>>> the first lady front and center. michelle obama ready to seize the spotlight on night one of the democratic convention. >>> everything people own, look at that, left in heaps on the curb. exposing the true extent of damage from hurricane isaac. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman in charlotte, north carolina live at the cnn grill. the convention gavels to order in the afternoon. then the party will spend the next three days trying to sell the message that we are, in fact, better off now than we were four years ago. they have had trouble with that one so far. they suggest they would have a better plan for the future. tonight's main attraction, first lady michelle obama and castro. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, you have inside information for the obama contain and what the goals are for these three days. >> first of all, they say they want to chrrystallize the visio. when you look at the economy between barack obama and mitt romney. and they're also going to talk about building a middleclass from the m
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Sep 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
castro, the mayor of san antonio and also a twin. his brother is in politics as well. michelle obama has a speech in prime time and her job will be very similar to ann romney's job, which is accent wait the personal and highlighting president obama as a father and family man. dana bash, what do you expect her to say? >> looking back four years ago, she was kind of seen as a potential liability. she was kind of harsh and the goal was to soften her. >> now she's so much more popular -- >> he wishes he had her approval numbers. >> which tends to happen with first ladies. kind of val dater for her husband. and her speech will talk about her own accomplishments and some of the things she's done in the white house with children and with -- >> the whole health. >> nutrition and things like that. those are some of the things i'm told she'll talk about. >> the big event will be julian castro's speech. i didn't realize that's the first time a latino -- that stuns me for democrats and republicans. i find it shocking. >> it is given how important that section of the electorate is. he's 37 years old.
CNN
Sep 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
visited louisiana today to survey the damage. president obama will head there monday. and louisiana governor bobby jindal said that both are welcome, but there is no time for partisan politics right now, because the focus is on cleaning up as floodwaters are starting to recede and revealing the extent of the damage. john zarrella joins me now live with the latest. john, explain where you are and what you are seeing. >> anderson, we are in thecity of ameet in louisiana. that is the tangipahoa river, and now people living within miles of the banks of the taken -- tangipahoa river were ordered to evac wait, but positive news to report. they are pumping the water out of the lake and appears that cutting a hole in the dam may no longer be necessary. this is just one of the many lingers effects from hurricane isaac. >> reporter: hurricane isaac descended on louisiana tuesday night nearly seven days to the day that hurricane katrina struck. isaac wasn't such a monster, but it was still a killer. parked on top of louisiana, mississippi and parts of alabama. hundreds had to be rescued. what
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 3:00pm EDT
to preventing iran of achieving a nuclear weapon and president obama echoed the themes a couple of days ago. however, i don't think the white house and the u.s. wants to be pushed in to on such a high profile stage battered with making a public ultimatum of red lines to iran so the speech is out. used graphics. netanyahu, former ambassador. when you listen to dozens of speeches in the room, never hurts to have some props with you. they do it in congress a lot. >> i think for a lot of people perhaps it worked. one question is, as he was speaking there were some bursts of applause. i'm curious, were those assembly members? was that public audience? who would that have been? >> reporter: well, we're trying to figure out but i think the delegations, especially here israel and a little bit with the palestinians, brought in extra people with the delegations. they sat way in the back. they may have needed tickets for this and think israel may have felt a little, well, they rallied from the last year when abbas of the palestinians and spoke just before netanyahu had huge standing ovations last year
CNN
Sep 27, 2012 8:00pm EDT
cain is a long-time supporter of freedom for libya. he supported president obama's actions to remove gadhafi. he's been critical of how the administration has handled the benghazi aftermath. we spoke earlier today. take a look. what do you make of the response by the administration in the early days of ambassador rice and now what they're saying now, they're now saying it was a terrorist attack. the president did use the word terror early on in the rose garden, but we heard from ambassador rice, who is saying link this to the video. what do you see as going on? >> i see a fundamental misunderstanding in the larger picture and then on the smaller picture. in the smaller picture they were either incredibly naive or willfully deceiving the american people. i don't know which. but to think an attack of this nature with heavy weapons, mortars, and a very sophisticated direct fire and indirect fire, that somehow that could be the result of a spontaneous demonstration is just impossible for me to understand. >> let me just throw in a third option, though, which supporters of the administration would sa
CNN
Sep 4, 2012 1:00pm EDT
their opening arguments in their case for re-electing president barack obama. i'm suzanne malveaux live from the site of the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. just a week ago we heard ann romney's speech on the personal side of her husband. tonight it is michelle obama's time and her turn. she's not going to have to work as hard to convince people that president obama is likable. check it out. in a recent "washington post" poll, 61% of registered voters said the president seems more friendly and likable compared to 27% for romney. so what does michelle obama need to say tonight to get democrats revved up, convince voters that her husband should get another four years? office? we're going to talk about it, bring in our republican consultant, cnn contributor, alex, and cow c-founder of rebu the dream. good to see you guys both. in person. i love this. cnn grill. likability. you know, alex, you're always talking about i don't have to have a beer with a guy, you know, the economy's really important. but people do want to be able to feel like the person in office gets i
CNN
Sep 11, 2012 4:00pm EDT
obama's approval rating passing a very important milestone. also, on this an ser vary of 9/11, we'll hear the president strongly defend one of the united states' deadliest and most effective weapons against would-be terrorists. and in a cnn exclusive, the brother of al qaeda's top leader now says there is a way to reconciliation and peace. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room"." >>> all that coming up. we begin with a very public and new escalation of some tension between president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu. israeli sources tell me the white house at least for now has rejected prime minister netanyahu's request to meet with him later this month to discuss iran's nuclear program. the israelis were told a meeting isn't possible because of the president's schedule, schedule won't permit it even when they offer to have the prime minister come to washington from new york where he'll be addressing the united nations. the white house is pushing back saying the president and prime minister simply won't be in new york at the same time this month to address the
CNN
Sep 10, 2012 5:00am EDT
. >> the white house says president obama's thoughts and prayers are with the family of a florida police officer who died in a crash during i presidential motorcade. upter police officer bruce saint laurent was killed when a pickup truck hit his motorcycle. it is being investigated as vehicular homicide. >>> new campaign fund-raising numbers out for the president. his campaign says it raised more than mitt romney in the month of august with a total of $114 million to romney's 111 million. on the campaign trail in florida sunday president obama told supporters his opponents are not very good when it comes to crunching numbers. >> they couldn't answer questions about how they pay for $5 trillion in new tax cuts and $2 trillion in new defense spending without raising taxes on the middle class. that's not bold leadership. >> the latest tracking poll shows a post-convention bounce. the president leading mitt romney 49% to 44%. that's up from just 1 percentage point before democratic national convention. >>> republican presidential nominee mitt romney campaigns in ohio today in an interview on nbc's "
CNN
Sep 18, 2012 4:00pm EDT
, an important new poll shows president obama pulling ahead in yet another important swing state. wolf blitzer's off today. i'm joe johns in a very rainy washington, d.c. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the fallout over mitt romney's complaint that 47% of americans will vote for the president no matter what he says. those 47% are "dependent on government, believe they are victims" and in romney's words "my job is not to worry about those people." the remarks are from a nearly hour long of a secretly recorded video of a romney fundraiser last may. the video obtained by the left leaning magazine mother jones that posted the entire interview. let's bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. fascinating story. so much has happened over the last 24 hours. you had quite an article online today. and i just want to read part of that. romney has a businessman's approach to politics which means he sizes up an audience and figures out what he needs to cut the deal and he does it and expects it to work. >> he's a businessman and he wanted them to write checks. what do you do when yo
CNN
Sep 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
, the battleground state of virginia which president obama won in 2008 and where he holds a slim four-point lead over his republican rival. romney's visit to virginia comes on the heels of another disappointing jobs report which missed forecasts and showed a decline in the unemployment rate largely because more americans have stopped looking for work. it prompted the republican nominee to take aim at the president's record on job creation. >> with the unemployment level having stuck above 8% for 43 straight months, we remembered that the president promised that if we let him borrow almost $1 trillion, he'd never let it reach 8%. it's been above 8% ever since. this president has not fulfilled him promises. then he spoke at great length and had wonderful things to say at the democrat convention but didn't say what he would do to help people get jobs, come out of unemployment, or get people who are poor back to the middle class. he doesn't have a plan or ideas. we've got to make sure he doesn't have any more days in the white house after january. >> despite slow growth in the job market, president obama
CNN
Sep 28, 2012 9:00am EDT
. >> the obama administration is facing serious questions whether the deaths of the four men could have been prevented because of ongoing security concerns. the state department official says the u.s. is drawing down its staff and embassy in libya's capit capital. >>> we just got word mitt romney will have a phone call conversation with benjamin netanyahu and so will president obama. it comes two days after president obama stood before the united nations and warned against a nuclear iran. yesterday, netanyahu underscored iran having a nuclear bomb and shrugged off. he said the world may be months away from the point of no return. >> where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. befo before, before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. before iran gets to a point where it's a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium from making a nuclear weapon. >> mahmoud ahmadinejad accused israel of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing. netanyahu fired back saying the state hood of palestinians cann
CNN
Sep 13, 2012 9:00am EDT
a statement in which he issued an apology to u.s. president barack obama and the american people for the attack on the embassy today, saying this was unacceptable and ordered yemeni security forces to launch an investigation and prosecute anybody they found involved in this to the full extent of the law. this was quite worrying today. for one reason, the u.s. embassy compound in sanaa is one of the most protected sites. not just in the city of s aanaa, the capital of yemen, but practically in all of the country of yemen. i've been to yemen several times, been to sanaa several times. i've been to the u.s. embassy. this site is not easily accessible to anybody. i spoke to activists in sanaa who said they were watching what was going on from rooftops of nearby buildings. they say they were absolutely shocked that this crowd, marching toward the embassy, was able to get as close as they did to the main gate and then that they were actually able to breach the compound. they were flabbergasted by this. they can't understand how yemen security could allow this to happen. in the ensuing
CNN
Sep 8, 2012 2:00am EDT
weight of the economy on his shoulders. enter paul ryan, barack obama and washington. he's going to do whatever he can, even if it's not the perfect solution. will that change america's mood fast? there's only 60 days to go till the election. ben comes out with the beast, will it help romney or obama? "outfront," strike team member jim bianco of bianco research. reihan salam. really appreciate it. ben bernanke is in a tough spot. everybody expects him to act. >> i think he is going to act. i think we're going to get a third round of quantitative easing to begin on thursday. we're just giblquibbling about the size and type. >> how quickly will it do anything? i hate to say this but this is the way it usually goes, right, people like you, jim, have thought this was going to happen for a while. so it's almost as if we have to say it's priced in. once he announced it, we're not going to get any benefit. >> that's right, since late july when we all thought it was coming. bernanke in his speech in jackson hole last month said clearly that he was looking for the stock market to go up and that
CNN
Sep 8, 2012 8:00am EDT
. this is a very important battleground state. remember, barack obama won the state four years ago. he was the first democrat victory since 1964 to win. as for ad spending, take a look at this. almost $12 million spent by president obama's election campaign and super pacs backing him. romney, just under 12 as well. independent super pacs backing him. the ad wars focused in the virginia beach, norfolk, tidewater area, virginia, noern virginia outside of d.c. those are the big markets in virginia and those are the big swing areas in virginia. victor. >> they are spending a lot on the ads and gas to get there. they are going to virginia over and over and over this season. >> they sure are. overall the president made seven trips or swings through virginia just recently on tuesday. remember, when he kicked off his first rallies in may he started in ohio, the second rally right here in virginia. romney, this will be the seventh trip, six swings since the general election started. remember, where did he announce his running mate paul ryan, just down the street here in norfolk, virginia. yeah,
CNN
Sep 14, 2012 7:00am EDT
in iran, and is being heavily guarded right now by police. >> as for the president, president obama vowing all necessary steps. security being beefed up to protect u.s. citizens all around the world. >> and, and a major development in libya. the first arrests in connection with the attack that killed two well-respected american diplomats and two former navy s.e.a.l.s. >> want to begin our worldwide coverage this morning out of cairo with ian lee. ian talk to me a little bit about this world via twitter from the muslim brotherhood that they are announcing the protests will only be held in tahrir square. why is that? >> well, brook, what the muslim brotherhood is saying, is that by canceling the protests around egypt, they hope to curb any violence that happens from those protests. but they said they're holding a symbolic protest in tahrir square. they also added that because it's symbolic, means there's not going to be a lot of people, a low turnout. you know, they can't have one protest in one place. that's going to draw people. but right now in tahrir square what we're seeing, we're seein
CNN
Sep 1, 2012 8:00am EDT
and michelle obama on the list of first day speakers. we'll have more from charlotte coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> people are still talking about clint eastwood's speech at the republican convention. he was given topics by the romney campaign but the rest was up to him. that empty chair he was talking to, he added that on his own at the last minute. romney called the speech, quote, unique. >>> to belle chasse where rescue crews are going door to door. the area was hit hard by flooding. this morning the water is receding giving a clearer look at the damage. george howell is in belle chasse this morning. george, good morning. what are we learning about the search and rescue efforts there? >> randi, good morning. we know search and rescue operations according to an official i just spoke with start from sun up to sundown today. they will continue that here in plaquemines parish. i want to make sure you understand we're talking about east bank and west bank. the slivers of land that run parallel to the mississippi river out to the mouth of the mississippi, a lot of the focus, a lot of t
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Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
is off today. our starting point, tough talk on iran from president obama at the united nations, as iran's leader mahmoud ahmadinejad prepares to take the podium today. he's given fiery speeches before. he will inflame an already heightened tension in the middle east? >>> the battleground votes. new polls show president obama ahead in ohio, florida, and pennsylvania. and in some cases, by double digits. can mitt romney win the presidency without the power of these swing states? >> no. and by the way, check out this incredible video. a tornado touches down, ripping through homes and buildings. it is all caught on camera. >> wow. a busy morning ahead. our guests include michele flournoy, co-chair of the obama campaign nation security advisory committee. tiki barber, former player for the new york giants, rudy giuliani, former new york city mayor, ben cohen, co-founder of ben & jerry's ice cream and singer cyndi lauper. >> it is wednesday, september 26th. "starting point" beginning right now. first we have some news just in to cnn. two american soldiers in afghanistan were killed today in a
CNN
Aug 31, 2012 11:00pm EDT
on a job that ben bernanke says he created. does it add up? plus obama revealed. we have an exclusive cnn documentary about the president and new details about his personal life. >>> and update on the "outfront" investigation of federal employees who are paid to work from home and get to travel across the country on the taxpayer dimes and we have been trying for months to find out how much it is costing us, and tonight, an answer. tonight, an answer. let's go "outfront." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> well, good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett, an outfront tonight, $1 million per job, that is what america's top money man says we have spent on stimulus from the fed alone. and he says that that is money well spent and he may spend more. today, ben bernanke was in jackson hole, wyoming, a bucolic location for a big speech, and he defended the action else to hp the u.s. e copmy and with good reason, because the fed chairman appointed by george w. bush and embraced by president obama and criticized by some influential people including mitt romney has a little bit of an image pro
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Sep 12, 2012 4:00pm EDT
romney's immediate criticism of president obama's international policies. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> dramatic developments unfolding. let's begin with some important new developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is keeping tabs on the u.s. military's response to what's going on as well. let's go to jill first. she's watching what's going on. jill, what's the latest over at the state department beyond the heartbreak of a top u.s. diplomat, three others killed? >> right, wolf
CNN
Sep 14, 2012 4:00pm EDT
events that have u.s. security officials extremely concerned right now. president obama leads the mourners as the bodies of the u.s. ambassador and others killed in libya return to the united states. and mitt romney ramps up his criticism of the president again as the latest polls show him falling behind in several crucial states. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> but we begin with these live pictures. look at this. this is tahrir square in cairo. these are live pictures coming in not far from the united states embassy. once again, the protests escalating even as we speak. earlier in the day it had been relatively -- keyword, relatively, quiet. now seems to be escalating for some reason. our own ben wedeman is on the ground for us. we're going to be going to him shortly. at the same time as these scenes are unfolding, there also have been frightening scenes of violence and hatred directed at the united states and others around the region. it's spreading. and u.s. officials are very worried. sources tell me they're especially concerned about today's penetrat
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Sep 11, 2012 9:00am EDT
11 years after 9/11, barack obama, unknown state senator with one daughter, 11 years later is the president in the white house, ordering drone strikes. we're kind of living in this future here. >> totally new place, 11 years later. thank you so much for being with us here on this special, special morning. so much more coverage, of course, many more moments of silents in the cnn newsroom. >> with carol costello, which begins right now. >> thank you very much. we are remembering the victims and the triumphs since the attacks. and minutes from now remembering the lives lost at the pentagon. president obama will soon be on his way there. there, he will be laying a wreath. they'll have a ceremony and also deliver some remarks. not only the president but the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, army general martin dempsey will deliver marks as well. >> we are also in shanksville, pennsylvania, where the final hijacked airliner crashed into a field after hero passengers fought back. vice president joe biden is there. we're expecting him to speak at the top of this 10:00 hour, an
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Sep 1, 2012 2:00am EDT
by president obama, criticized by some influential people, including mitt romney, has a little bit of an image problem now. as president romney for example ben bernanke would lose his job. >> my view has been i would want to select someone who was a new member -- excuse me, a new person to that chairman's position, someone who shared my economic views. >> romney's running mate, budget hawk paul ryan, is not a fan either because ryan chided the chairman during a hill hearing earlier this year. >> a lot of us believe the federal reserve was too loose for too long in the 2003 to 2005 period and that's what in part led to the asset bubble and the malinvestment that occurred. i know you don't agree with that. because you don't agree with that, our fear is you're just going to repeat these same mistakes again but by orders of magnitude we don't even comprehend now. >> paul ryan is right about one thing. what the fed has done over the past few years has never happened before in history. the question is, will ryan and romney's words backfire? after all, ben bernanke could be the kingmaker or breaker.
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Sep 11, 2012 5:00am EDT
barack obama is now in the lead over republican mitt romney in a bran new cnn/orc poll. likely voters give the president a six-point lead, 52% to 46%. last week they were deadlocked at 48%. in a wider sampling of all registered voters, a "washington post"/abc news poll has mr. obama ahead of mr. romney 50% to 44%. >>> a scary moment during wwe's monday night raw that was a bill too real here. legendary wrestler jerry "the king" lawler collapsed during last night's live broadcast. the co-host broke the news to fans with an empty chair next to him. >> i want to preface this by saying that this is not part of tonight's entertainment. this is a real-life situation. my broadcast colleague, jerry "the king" lawler earlier on tonight collapsed, midmatch while on commentary. he was -- he fell out of his chair to the floor below. doctors were here immediately. emergency personnel would stretcher him out of the arena where he received cpr. >> lawler was rushed to the hospital. a statement on the wwe's website says he suffered a heart attack. >>> actress angelina jolie on a mission in the middle
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Sep 14, 2012 5:00am EDT
obama that we will be keen and we will not commit any such event, any such occurrence in our country against the embassy's territories. >> reporter: mohamed morsi was slow coming out condemning the incursion into the u.s. embassy, but now, yesterday and today, we've seen him come out with more force, saying that he will protect diplomatic missions from large protests. christine? >> you know, ian, wednesday night we heard president obama say egypt is not an ally but not an enemy, a careful distinction. how's that playing in egypt? >> reporter: well, the united states and egypt are trying right now to feel each other out. it's kind of like an awkward first date, because before the revolution, the muslim brotherhood was an adversary of sort of the united states, and there was a lot of mistrust there. so, right now they're trying to build a relationship, trying to come together, but the military, the egyptian and the american military do have close ties, and this is one of the military officials in the united states said. >> ian lee, thank you. >>> now to libya, where authorities have an
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Sep 13, 2012 1:00pm EDT
, barack obama saying that he doesn't really consider egypt an ally or an enemy at this point, that it really is time will tell, this is a work in progress. that really is kind of a stunning change of position from the white house perspective. >> reporter: i think that that statement took many people by surprise and shocked them a great deal. part of the anti-u.s. sentiment, and there is an anti-u.s. sentiment in the clashes today and in the protests on tuesday and in the various countries where the protests are taking plaes, the u.s. has been -- egypt has been a major ally for the u.s. to the extent that five different u.s. administrations supported our dictator, mubarak. i think the white house realized, because over the past few minutes i've been reading statements, the white house realized what a shocking statement that was and it looks like they're trying to back pedal from this idea that egypt has been demoted as an ally. i think everybody right now feels how sensitive the situation is and understands this political jockeying for power and again to reiterate, it's -- the
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Sep 11, 2012 11:00am EDT
at different times. president obama and his staff also observed this moment of silence and the lawn at the white house. the president then left to go to the pentagon to pay his respects at the memorial for those who died there on 9/11, along with their families who were present. >> no matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this, that you will never be alone. your loved ones will never be forgotten. they will endure in the hearts of our nation because through their sacrifice, they helped us make the america we are today. >> and in shanksville, pennsylvania, vice president joe biden paid tribute to those heroes who lost their lives on united flight 93. and then thousands of miles away, this is afghanistan. kabul, to be exact. you're looking at our u.s. troops who are there right now as they remember the fallen, both from 9/11, and then, of course, from the war that ensued. next month will mark the 11th anniversary of the start of that war in afghanistan, which, as you know, still continues today. let's get you back to new yo
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Sep 10, 2012 7:00am EDT
on a transmission line that feeds the western tip of the island. >>> president barack obama's numbers are looking up on two fronts this morning. his campaign says it raised more than mitt romney did in the month of august. a total of $114 million. compared to mitt romney's $111 million. more than half of that came from 1.1 million people who donated an average of $58 each. and the latest gallup daily tracking poll shows a post-convention bounce for the president. he leads mitt romney 49% to 44%. that is up one percentage point from before the democratic national convention. >>> president obama's thoughts and prayers are with the family of a florida police officer who died in a crash during a presidential motorcade. jupiter police officer bruce st. laurent was killed when a pickup truck hit his motorcycle on i-95 in west palm beach. office st. laurent was a 20-year veteran who spent 18 of those years on the motorcycle patrol. that accident is being investigated as vehicular homicide. >>> it's too soon to tell whether tulane football player devon walker will be permanently paralyzed. he's in intensive
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Sep 19, 2012 1:00pm EDT
any ground among latinos? >> yeah. to be fair, you know, one of the problems that barack obama has had is this deep sense of ambivalence. they still like him and support him by a wide margen, but all those same polls show they are not sure they're going to get up and vote for him on election day because they have mixed feelings about his immigration policy, a policy that has torn apart hundreds of thousands of families and deported over 1.5 million people. so there was always an opening for romney and the republican party to take advantage of barack obama's support among latinos, which is an inch thick and a mile wide, but, bow, mitt romney has blown it, and he continues to blow it because he doesn't get the beat. he doesn't understand the first thing about latinos even though his dad was born in mexico. isn't that ironic? >> you know, simply put, you know, you write in your commentary that romney's comments are clearly absurd and so it's hard to take him seriously. did the rich white guy really claim to want to be latino because he thought it would help him win the presidency? well, t
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Sep 14, 2012 1:00pm EDT
americans, they're going to arrive back here in the united states within the hour. president obama, secretary of state hillary clinton, they're going to be at andrews air force base with the remains of u.s. ambassador chris stevens and two others are transferred. ambassador stevens died in the country that he served. in a part of the world that his family says he fell in love with. here's anderson cooper. >> chrissteins was first sent to the state department in 2007. last year he was tasked with the formidable and dangerous assignment. america's point man with rebel forces fighting gadhafi. in the early days i asked chris to be our envoy to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship m port of benghazi and began building our relationships with libya's revolutionaries. >> when the fighting stopped and gadhafi was gone, stevens was officially named ambassador to libya. one of the first things he did was create this video with arabic sun titles to reach out to libyans. >> i look forward to exploring the possibilities with you as we work together to build a free democratic prosper
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Sep 16, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. >> we didn't have a 10:00 show, because we had to do romney and obama again, both of you -- >> you are getting me started early. only so much revealing i want obama and romney to continue doing. i think -- i think they have been revealed enough, okay? >> and you want a real honest picture of somebody, aski the people close to them, who will reveal all their dirty secrets on television. >> "saturday night live" says good-bye to fred armistead and hello to jay pharoah. >> now, i know i'm not perfect. i'm just -- i'm aloof. ah, i'm overconfident. >> all right, so, ben, you're a comedian. did he do better than fred? >> i think his voice more accurate. but believe it or not, his face doesn't look anywhere near as obama like. i don't think they can meld the two. keep fred's face and use haroldharoljay's voice. >> what do you think? >> i don't know if he does better than fred, but he does better than obama he seems to connect and have real comedic timing. i'm all for him. >> i had grant that you point, he did capture how unexcited obama is these days when he speaks with his ahs. his campa
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
. this will give president obama another option. we already know unmanned drones flew over libya looking for intelligence on who may have been responsible for the attacks on benghazi, looking at al qaeda-related militant groups, where they are located, where are the encampment, the strongholds? they will gather the intelligence. and two options on the table. libyan forces could try to go after some of these targets once they're identified, or possibly now, the president has the option. he could order those ships to fire their tomahawk missiles against those targets. the president said, justice will be done. now some of the options being put into place. john? >> so barbara, drones are looking for them, possible special forces action if we find them or tomahawk missiles. do you have a sense of any time frame here? >> reporter: we believe, you know, the first ship probably already, frankly, within range of any target, the libyan coast. we know that it was very close by in port in the mediterranean. second ship should be there within a couple of days. no indication of u.s. boots on the groun
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Sep 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
coming up next, both president obama, and mitt romney, say they want to change the tax code, but what will happen to your money under each candidate's plan? christine romans breaks down the numbers for u.s. you are watching "starting point." and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. with our award winning apps that allow you to transfer funds, pay bills or manage your finances anywhere, anytime. so that wherever your duty takes you, usaa bank goes with you. visit us online to learn what makes our bank so different. boring. boring. [ jack ] after lauren broke up with me, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [ male announcer ] use any citi card to get the benefits of private pass. more concerts, more events, more experiences. [ jack ] hey, who's boring now? [ male announcer ] get more access with the citi card. [ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] no
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Sep 11, 2012 1:00pm EDT
be beaten by al qaeda, by terrorists, by terrorism. >> at the pentagon, president obama lay a wreath in honor of the 184 people who died there. he says the long-term leg of 9/11 will be a safer world, a stronger nation, and people more unit united. he says this day will always bring back very painful memories. >> 11 times we have marked another september 11th come and done. 11 times we have paused in remembrance, reflection, in unity, and in purpose. this is never an easy day, but it is especially difficult for all of you. the families of nearly 3,000 innocence who lost their lives, your mothers and fathers, your husbands and wives, your sons and your daughters. >> the u.s. responded to the 9/11 attacks with the war in afghanistan. the u.s. service men and women are still on the front lines there today. u.s. troops in kabul marked the 9/11 anniversary with a ceremony. they are still in a war that is putting their lives on the line every day. a year ago i had a chance to go to afghanistan to talk with troops. some of them were on duty at the pentagon when it was hit. they shared their
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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am EDT
, hasn't given us official confirmation yet. but they have told us that president obama is being kept abreast of the situation in libya by his national security adviser, tom donnell at this moment. the white house on top of this. >> i'm sure we'll be hearing from the state department, of course, probably from the white house as well. fluid situation. jamie rubin, stay with us. we need to get a quick commercial break in. we're going to stay on this breaking news coverage all morning long. u.n. ambassador to libya and three other embassy staffers killed in a rocket attack overnight in benghazi. we are going to talk to former house speaker newt gingrich next. at usaa, we believe honor is not exclusive to the military, and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. with our award winning apps that allow you to transfer funds, pay bills or manage your finances anywhere, anytime. so that wherever your duty takes you, usaa bank goes with you. visit us online to learn what makes our bank so
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Sep 21, 2012 11:00am EDT
for a couple more years. president obama saying those troops should be home by the end of 2014. which would bring to an end america's longest war. believe me. i know. i went just as it was beginning in 2001. and have things ever changed. or have they? pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us now. let's talk a little bit about the payoff to the surge mission. 30,000 troops in, 30,000 troops out. three years. much done? was it worth it? >>> according to the military, the pentagon, the obama administration, and many in the nato coalition, yes. what we're talking about right now, ashleigh, is eventually what actually wound up being 33,000. all of them now. all the extra u.s. troops that president obama sent in in 2010, mainly to southern afghanistan, the big taliban stronghold at the time, now back out of afghanistan. defense secretary leon panetta issued a statement last night about the end of the surge, in which he underscored what he says the successes are. he says, quote, the surge accomplished its objectives of reversing taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increased t
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Sep 11, 2012 8:00pm EDT
chicago here were directed at president obama, asking for his support for the teachers union. that puts him in an awkward position. if we were to come out in favor of the union or even say that he sides with them, he's going against his former chief of staff, rahm emanuel, the mayor of chicago. i asked rahm emanuel today did he think his former boss should weigh in on this. take a listen. >> every issue we're talking about, about accountability of our schools, quality in our schools so the education is the core thrust of everything. >> reporter: bottom line, he has. weighed in on this and lit be interesting to see if he does if this strike continues to prolong over the next few days. >> there's federal guidelines that rahm emanuel is referencing. appreciate the coverage. the election just 56 days away and all this week we're focusing on the economy and we've been asking voters what their top concerns are, what keeps you up at night? tonight, you'll hear from a small business owner. we'll compare what is proposed to do about that, next. to stay. staying active can actually ease arthritis
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Sep 11, 2012 10:00pm EDT
? >> president obama the democrat. at the moment, the president has the edge, a number of reasons why. majority, 51-46. close, but advantage to the president. one of the reasons why. you ask likely voters who attended college, 52% for president obama. we have to match those up as those who describe themselves as moderates. 58% describe themselves as moderates. they tend to live in the suburbs. an important advantage for the president. taxes part of the economic debate. not all bad for governor romney. state of florida, more from our most recent poll. older voters, tend to be more reliable. voters 50 years of age and older. again, more reliable voting group. 54% support governor romney. 42% for president obama, obviously, jobs number one part of the economy. on taxes, at the moment, an advantage for the president. >> governor romney has been criticized by fellow republicans by not raising out enough specifics. what loopholes he would close. how has the campaign been responding to that? >> mitt romney has suggested on a number of occasions that he would limit some of the mortgage deductions from
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Sep 12, 2012 4:00am EDT
, not here in lower manhattan or shanksville, pennsylvania, or the pentagon where@obama and top commanders laid a wreath this morning. the legacy of 9/11 is still being felt on memory, not as history but as current events. the war launched to avenge attacks still being fought. the wounds include real, physical, life-changing injuries. when a story comes out that devil delves into whether these entire 11 years of anguish might have been avoided in some way it obviously touches a nerve. the fact that it came out on the 9/11 anniversary, in the heat of an election campaign have led some to call it a political hatchet job. it is not our intention to look at this through a partisan lens, only to lay out the claims and counter claim that is we know. the story in a nutshell centerson what president bush and other top officials knew before this unforgettable moment when the president was informed of the attacks. kurt eickenwald lays it down in a "the new york times" op-ed, entitled "the deafness before the storm." it was published today. it was dated august 6, 2001, entitled "bin laden determined
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